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Foxe & the Hound- R.S. Grey

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Blurb

When your life is a hot mess at twenty, it’s cute. At twenty-seven…well, not so much.

It’s just that my lofty dreams—making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily—have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I’ve decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I’ve settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry.

That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town’s new vet.

With his strong jaw, easy confidence, and form-fitting scrubs, it’s not long before every housewife in Hamilton is dragging neglected tomcats in for weekly checkups.

Like everyone else, I’m intrigued. Even after I spoil my chance at a good first impression, he still offers me a proposition I can’t refuse: play his girlfriend at a family function and he’ll hire me as his real estate agent. Welcome to love in the 21st century.

It’s too bad I underestimated Adam’s irresistible charm and the undeniable attraction that burns between us. The day he pins me to the wall and silences me with a kiss, the line between reality and ruse begins to blur. Every teasing touch brings me to my knees. Every kiss promises more.

It looks like my hot mess of a life is about to get a little hotter.

Review

The Foxe & the Hound was a great light-hearted and quick summer read.  It was a sweet story about Madeleine and Adam- the handsome new veterinarian who arrives in her small town in Texas.  It’s a standalone book but characters from Anything You Can Do make an appearance, so I would suggest reading that one first.

At 27 years old Madeleine is still struggling to figure out adulating.  She doesn’t pay her rent on time, drives a piece of crap car that’s held together with duct tape and a prayer and feels like she should be closer to figuring things out at her age.  And then along comes Adam who isn’t just handsome put seems like he’s got his life together.

I struggled a bit with Madeleine.  Sometimes she seemed like her own worst enemy and I wanted to see her get out of her way. It would have been easier to believe that she was just out of high school vs. her late twenties.  It seemed that when things weren’t going her way she was either quick to jump into “nothing good every happens to me” headspace or blame everyone else for her problems and act immaturely.

“I hate Diane. I fling her cinnamon roll out into the pasture—I will not eat the bread of my enemies, and that’s exactly what she is if she wants Adam to sit down with Olivia. He loved her for so many years. God, he probably still loves her. If they see each other, all those feelings are going to come flooding back, and the fact that she brought Molly—that underhanded bitch knew exactly what she was doing. I stomp out into the pasture and kick the cinnamon roll another ten feet. It feels good to demolish something, though I am now admittedly starving.”

The book opens with Madeleine’s dog basically mauling Adam; he berates her dog-parenting skills only to find out in the next chapter that he’s the new vet.  Their first meeting has all the ingredients to be a typical meet cute but Adam’s crusty response gives it a great twist.  I love that their immediate dislike of each other leads to a bit of an enemies to friends to lover’s plot.

Adam is finding adapting to small town life isn’t happening as quickly as he thought He’s handsome and professional although he’s a bit grumpy and easily annoyed.  Every woman in town is interested in flirting and he just wants to settle in and recover from his life in Chicago.  I really liked Adam a lot.  I have such a soft spot for a grumpy hero.

The best character in the entire book was Madeleine’s dog, Mouse.  He was just adorable.  I could picture him exactly and he and Madeleine were a perfect match.

Overall, the book drama is all very predictable, miscommunication and surprise arrivals of exes but neither drags on for an excruciating length of time.

I didn’t find this book as laugh out loud funny as R.S. Grey’s previous books but it was still cute and sweet especially if you’re a dog lover or looking for a slow-burn book that isn’t the length of a Mariana Zapata.

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About R.S. Grey:

R.S. Grey is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen novels, including THE FOXE & THE HOUND. She lives in Texas with her husband and two dogs, and can be found reading, binge-watching reality TV, or practicing yoga! Visit her at rsgrey.com

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Tapping Her by Max Monroe

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Blurb

Blissful in Bora Bora…

 

Kline and Georgia Brooks are fresh off their wedding and ready to indulge in the honeymoon of a lifetime.

 

Luxurious and private, their overwater bungalow in the South Pacific is the perfect backdrop for fun, sun, and enough sexiness to necessitate a dip in the clear water to cool down.

 

But marriage means more, and Kline and Georgia may have to find a different way to handle the heat.

 

Nowhere near normal in New York…

 

Thatcher Kelly loves wild women, and Cassie Phillips is about as wild as they come. Put them together and they are a match made in chaos.

 

Bound by cat-sitting responsibilities, Cass and Thatch have to find a way to right their mistakes—and wade through the dense cloud of sexual tension that seems to suffocate the room whenever they’re together.

 

Will they be able to resist?

 

And more importantly, will Walter be okay?


Review

If you’re looking for a quick, dirty read with some slightly crass characters this is definitely the book for you. Just when I’d been craving a funny book, quick read that was low on angst, along came Max Monroe, two romance authors under one penname keeping their identities a secret.  I devoured Tapping the Billionaire on it’s release day in April and I was excited that a novella was going to be released so quickly because I couldn’t wait for update on Georgia and Kline.

 

Tapping Her takes place in Bora Bora while Georgia and Kline are on their honeymoon and in New York with Thatch and Cassie who are cat-sitting for the newlyweds.  It’s told in a multiple person POV which I hadn’t read before. It was interesting to know what was happening from so many perspectives but honestly I don’t know if we needed all four.

The book tries to cover a lot of bases in a short time by acting as both an epilogue to Georgia and Kline’s book and a prologue to Thatch and Cassie’s yet to be released story.
The scenes with Georgia and Kline were heavy on the sexy times and this book was way dirtier than the first.  I guess we can’t expect anything different, they are on their honeymoon after all. There wasn’t a ton of development in their story, just some hilarious lines, sex, sex and more sex.
The story was certainly over-the-top but Thatch and Cassie themselves are really over-the-top characters.  Cassie is vulgar, sarcastic and very often inappropriate, she knows it too, but is totally unapologetic, what you see is what you get.   The idea that opposites attract does not ring true here because Thatch is her match in everyway.

 

The story had zero angst but was high on outrageous shenanigans. I anticipate these two getting themselves into a lot of awkward situations when their story continues in Banking the Billionaire and Tapping Her was perfect for tiding me over until it’s out.

This is the kind of book that makes you blush and look around to see if anyone was reading over your shoulder.  If you’re looking for a quick, hilarious read that will make you laugh out loud, this is it.   I’d make sure to start with Georgia and Kline’s story in Tapping the Billionaire and be sure to add Banking the Billionaire to your to be read list on Goodreads because it’s release date is only a few weeks away!

Disclaimer: I was not provided a copy of this book for review

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